September 2, 2016

Old Masters program announces returning alumni

The 2016 Old Masters have been selected and will be on Purdue's campus Nov. 6-8 to celebrate their successes and share their philosophies and experiences with Purdue students. While on campus, the Old Masters will visit classrooms and residence units and attend student organization receptions and social activities to create relationships with and inspire students.

The Old Masters Program is a unique and well-established annual event that has been a Purdue tradition since 1950. It unites distinguished alumni while inspiring students to embody the value of the Boilermaker experience. The program aims to honor those who have given of themselves and achieved success in his or her own field.

The 2016 Old Masters are:

* Belinda Seto, BS 1974, biochemistry. Deputy director of the National Eye Institute.

* Ellyn Shook, BS 1985, restaurant and hotel and institutional management. Chief leadership and human resources officer at Accenture.

* Terry Cross, MS 1977, industrial administration. Retired U.S. Coast Guard vice admiral.

* Phoebe Lydia Bailey, MS 1972, education; PhD 1979, English. National director of educational foundations and academic innovations program, training and youth development services at Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

* Lesley Sarkesian, BA 1979, communications. Regional executive at VISTAGE Worldwide.

* Michael Klipsch, BS 1985, industrial management. Co-founder, president, and CEO of Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities, LCC.

* Jerry White, PhD 1970, astronautics. Author, scientist and retired U.S. Air Force major general.

* Charles Owubah, MS 1992, natural resources management and policy; PhD 1999, natural resources management and policy. Vice president at World Vision International.

* Peter Kraemer, BS 1988, chemical engineering. Chief supply officer at Anheuser-Busch InBev.

* William Bindley, PhD 1997, management. Chairman and CEO of Bindley Capital Partners, LCC.

* Jay Gephart, Honorary Old Master. Director of Purdue "All-American" Marching Band.

The annual convocation called Evening with the Old Masters will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. The event is a moderated panel discussion featuring the Old Masters, allowing them to reach a large portion of the student body by answering questions submitted by the audience. The event is free and open to all students and the community.

Olga Vlashyn, Old Masters central committee directing co-chair, says, "On behalf of the 2016 Old Masters Central Committee, promotional officers and advisors, we are so humbled to invite back these outstanding individuals who will leave their mark on the Old Masters program in November."

More information about this year's Old Masters, the history of the program, involvement within the program and classroom requests can be found at

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